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New 'life in space' hope after billions of 'habitable planets' found in Milky Way
The Telegraph ^ | 03/26/12

Posted on 03/28/2012 4:58:07 PM PDT by KevinDavis

Billions of potentially habitable planets may exist within our galaxy, the Milky Way, raising new prospects that life could exist near Earth, a study has found.

Researchers discovered that at least 100 of the ''super-Earths'' may be on our galactic doorstep, at distances of less than 30 light years, or about 180 trillion miles, from the sun.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: space; xplanets
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Pretty soon we find a new home..
1 posted on 03/28/2012 4:58:16 PM PDT by KevinDavis
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2 posted on 03/28/2012 4:59:35 PM PDT by KevinDavis (I support Mitt...)
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To: KevinDavis

How about WE stay here and let the liberals and etc. go find themselves a Utopia where they can tax themselves into prosperity?


3 posted on 03/28/2012 5:01:01 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: KevinDavis

I once wrote a humor story where habitable planets all became homesteads. Travel to anywhere was instaneous. Planets might be 4345 Elm.

lol.

There was a daily mailbot and everything.


4 posted on 03/28/2012 5:01:36 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: KevinDavis
For now I'm stuck with making my own.

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5 posted on 03/28/2012 5:03:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MeganC; All

You can stay here with your railroads among the liberals and let the conservatives leave..


6 posted on 03/28/2012 5:05:24 PM PDT by KevinDavis (I support Mitt...)
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To: KevinDavis
Billions of potentially habitable planets may exist within our galaxy, the Milky Way, raising new prospects that life could exist near Earth, a study has found.

This is good news for Mitt Romney , Glenn Beck, Orin Hatch and Harry Reid. - tom

7 posted on 03/28/2012 5:07:10 PM PDT by Capt. Tom
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To: GeronL

I read a short story by SciFi author Jack Vance with a similar plot.


8 posted on 03/28/2012 5:08:05 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: KevinDavis

Gort... or a world of my own

http://libertyfic.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=scifi&action=display&thread=215

“We all got our own planets!”


9 posted on 03/28/2012 5:08:45 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: KevinDavis

I want to populate my planet with miners, loggers, and farmers.


10 posted on 03/28/2012 5:09:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: KevinDavis

Right. Can’t even get 240,000 miles to the moon anymore.

No spaecraft will make it that far. Cosmic radiation bursts will kill off the crew, or low/no gravity will.


11 posted on 03/28/2012 5:11:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: KevinDavis

These are close enough that we can build telescopes that can see oceans, clouds, icecaps, and vegetation on them if it exists.


12 posted on 03/28/2012 5:11:14 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: cripplecreek; All

Ditto...


13 posted on 03/28/2012 5:12:35 PM PDT by KevinDavis (I support Mitt...)
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To: Secret Agent Man; All

You do realize that someday we will develop FTL technology, artificial gravity, and ways to protect to the passengers from radiation..


14 posted on 03/28/2012 5:15:40 PM PDT by KevinDavis (I support Mitt...)
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To: cripplecreek
I want to populate my planet with miners, loggers, and farmers.

I want to populate mine with good looking, bootlegging, horney women who also love to cook and clean house.........

15 posted on 03/28/2012 5:16:30 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (No matter what you post here, someone's going to get pissed off......)
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To: Hot Tabasco
......good looking, bootlegging, horney women who also love to cook and clean house.........

Finally a vision of the future I can support!

16 posted on 03/28/2012 5:21:39 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: KevinDavis

I sometimes wonder how broad the definition of “habitable” is. Aside from gravity and atmosphere, how many of these planets can support the agriculture necessary to maintain human life?


17 posted on 03/28/2012 5:22:23 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: GSWarrior

lol.

I didn’t know it was cliche... but I guess the tribble thing is close.


18 posted on 03/28/2012 5:23:08 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: KevinDavis
Scientists say that where there is water, there also could be life although they add that being in the habitable zone is no guarantee that life has evolved

That's also true here on Earth. For example, Detroit has water.

19 posted on 03/28/2012 5:24:11 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: KevinDavis

Project Daedalus. A theoretical trip to Barnard’s Star in 50 years.


20 posted on 03/28/2012 5:24:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: KevinDavis

What good does knowing there are other habitable planets with no way to get to them?


21 posted on 03/28/2012 5:24:29 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: The Cajun
Finally a vision of the future I can support!

Then there will be room on the ship for you.....

22 posted on 03/28/2012 5:25:19 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (No matter what you post here, someone's going to get pissed off......)
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To: KevinDavis
You do realize that someday we will develop FTL technology..

Got serious doubts about that.
Physics is physics, there's not even a provable glimmer of a hint that can happen.........Just saying.

23 posted on 03/28/2012 5:26:45 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: KevinDavis

Sure the hell will not be soon, no matter how you define “soon”.


24 posted on 03/28/2012 5:27:09 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: The Cajun; All

Never say never.....


25 posted on 03/28/2012 5:28:26 PM PDT by KevinDavis (I support Mitt...)
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There are ways to modify the human dna to survive on such planets..


26 posted on 03/28/2012 5:30:39 PM PDT by KevinDavis (I support Mitt...)
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To: KevinDavis

Why bother looking for them when Obama gutted the manned space program and the rest of America ridiculed Newt’s plan of a Mars/Moon base?


27 posted on 03/28/2012 5:30:43 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: KevinDavis
Never say never.....

Not saying never, just highly doubtful.

28 posted on 03/28/2012 5:33:16 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: KevinDavis

29 posted on 03/28/2012 5:34:01 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: KevinDavis
There are ways to modify the human dna to survive on such planets..

I saw that on Pandorum. Unfortunately nobody counted on spending 800 years on the bottom of an alien ocean and the humans genetically altering to fit the ship.
30 posted on 03/28/2012 5:39:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek; All

That could be a problem..... But the human race is adaptable.


31 posted on 03/28/2012 5:47:46 PM PDT by KevinDavis (I support Mitt...)
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To: KevinDavis
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32 posted on 03/28/2012 5:58:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Vince Ferrer

And if their version of a Chinese emperor built a “Chinese Wall” too!


33 posted on 03/28/2012 6:10:31 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: The Cajun

“Physics is physics, there’s not even a provable glimmer of a hint that can happen.........Just saying. “

From the point of view of the traveler, the transit time is inversely proportional to the available impulse.


34 posted on 03/28/2012 6:13:29 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: KevinDavis

I don’t get why no one seems troubled by ‘30 light years away’.

No one can travel at the speed of light, if you could it would take 30 years, you would have to stop to fuel up...where?

At the price of gas today alone it would be impossible because who could afford it? Certainly not Nasa.

You would have to give up 30 years of your life to just get there and then...start to colonize?


35 posted on 03/28/2012 6:14:03 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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Scientists are so weird, what does “hope” have to do with science?

When Scientists start talking about life on other planets, why do they start sounding like a convention of Pentecostals? Desperate for a sign from heaven?

So much emotional investment!


36 posted on 03/28/2012 6:17:17 PM PDT by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Secret Agent Man said: Sure the hell will not be soon, no matter how you define “soon”.

Oh, I don't know about that.

If there are ten billion planets in the habitable zone of their stars, then there might be one-in-a-million that have life on them. Of those ten thousand, it would be almost a certainty that life on perhaps one hundred of those (and maybe as many as five thousand) would be MORE ADVANCED than we are.

So, we won't have to lift a finger to make contact. THEY will be coming HERE!

37 posted on 03/28/2012 6:24:45 PM PDT by William Tell
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In all seriousness I think the next big evolutionary leap will be the ability to transfer a human brain to a computer. In fact I think its probably more likely that real success with AI. That really opens up a whole new realm of possibilities.

A 50 or 100 year trip becomes a meaningless concept. You could send a ship full of human brained robots with thousands of frozen human embryos. The Robots could raise and teach generations of humans upon reaching the destination.


38 posted on 03/28/2012 6:26:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Born to Conserve
From the point of view of the traveler, the transit time is inversely proportional to the available impulse.

LOL, true until you hit Einstein's wall and it's a very well constructed wall.

39 posted on 03/28/2012 6:30:50 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

IIRC, the original Star Trek talked about a math formula to predict the number of Class M planets in the galaxy.

Go to warp 6 and you will get to these other planets pretty quickly.


40 posted on 03/28/2012 6:34:30 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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Yoo-hoo, Quix.

Over here!

(Thanks, KevinDavis)

Cheers!

41 posted on 03/28/2012 7:38:31 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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Yea, too bad that Star Trek is fictional (that means not real) and we are lucky to get to Warp 0.000006.


42 posted on 03/28/2012 7:48:44 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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Thanks KevinDavis.
 
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43 posted on 03/28/2012 8:38:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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“I sometimes wonder how broad the definition of “habitable” is. Aside from gravity and atmosphere, how many of these planets can support the agriculture necessary to maintain human life?”

Agriculture? Get with the 21st century man. Everybody knows that food comes from stores.


44 posted on 03/28/2012 8:47:21 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: cripplecreek

Did you see L5?
http://www.l5-series.com/

The trip to Barnards Star was a waste of time.


45 posted on 03/28/2012 10:49:10 PM PDT by mowowie
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Of possible interest to the ping list..


46 posted on 03/29/2012 2:33:42 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo!! VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!!")
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To: KevinDavis
FTL technology, artificial gravity, and ways to protect to the passengers from radiation

we already have the artificial gravity(well spin a ship to make a 1 G centrifuge or with enough power, travel at a continuous 1 G, both accelerating and breaking, to simulate same...)

.....and with enough shielding radiation is no problem, as long as you have the power to push a heavily armored ship.

FTL.....ah. that's the problem. can we harness an Alcubierre bubble? or drill out a worm hole big enough to travel through??? Actually traveling FTL seems to be impossible...


47 posted on 03/29/2012 3:36:22 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: mowowie

Actually Project Daedelus dropped Barnards Star as a target and settled on Alpha C as a target of a 38 year trip.


48 posted on 03/29/2012 3:43:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

I want to populate my planet with miners, loggers, and farmers.

What about commercial fishermen?


49 posted on 03/29/2012 3:56:54 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: PIF

I actually thought about fishermen and decided that it might be better to wait to bring them in with a second wave of settlers after a little food production is built up.


50 posted on 03/29/2012 4:11:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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